Get Ready for Cocktails!

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Everyone wants to be the “hostess with the mostest” during the holiday season. One of the best ways to have the most festive party is to have a great bar. The good news is that a great bar doesn’t have to be a lot of work. We are going to discuss two different simple syrups—that can be made ahead of time—and two different killer cocktail recipes, and one mocktail recipe that will get the party going and keep your guests coming back for more.
A simple syrup is a solution of flavoring, water, and sugar that become the sweet base for your cocktail. Use tastes of the season to keep party festive.
Apple Cinnamon Simple Syrup
2 cups of very hot water
2 cups—lightly packed—brown sugar
6 red apple peels
1 cinnamon stick
Stir all of the ingredients together and let them simmer for 30 minutes or so on low heat. If you make this on the day of the party, it makes your house smell fabulous. Strain the solution in to a bottle and store in your refrigerator until you are ready to use.
Honey Simple Syrup
½ cup honey
½ cup water
Stir them together in a pot and let them heat over medium heat just until they are entirely incorporated. Store in an airtight bottle in the refrigerator.
When it’s time to make the drinks, you now have a few very versatile syrups to help make your cocktails (and mocktails) stand out.
A Slice of Apple Pie Cocktail
8 oz of Everclear
3 cups Apple Cinnamon Simple Syrup
Cinnamon stick—for garnish

Mix this drink ahead of time in a pitcher. Rim your glasses with sugar and cinnamon mix.
*Note, Everclear is a very potent alcohol; err on the side of too little rather than too much. These cocktails have a real kick.*

A Virgin Long Island Ice Tea
Yes, a long Island Ice Tea is a notoriously potent cocktail. For the non-drinkers in the group, serve one without alcohol. Use the Honey Simple Syrup as a sweetener for black ice tea on the rocks. Garnish with a slice of lemon. It will be the best ice tea your guest has ever had.
The Honeybee
2 oz of white rum
1 tablespoon of Honey Simple Syrup
½ oz of lemon juice
Shake all of the ingredients together in shaker and serve on the rocks. Serve in a chilled glass. If you are feeling festive, add an extra squeeze of honey.

 

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